Hi zine fest pals,

We are putting this year’s Sheffield zine fest on hold to support efforts to contain the coronavirus. If there is a way to host one before next year we will let you know, and we will contact those who applied to table to see if you’d still like to, but otherwise please assume we would like to put this event on in 2021 instead.

Your zine fest organising team includes folks with underlying health conditions and folks who work in frontline healthcare, so apologies for the radio silence from us. We’ve been kinda busy! We urge you to strictly follow social distancing measures to prevent it spreading via people who don’t show symptoms.

On what would have been the date for this year’s event, 16 May, we are hoping to host an online day of activities and share some zine prompts if we are able.

Over the coming weeks, please remember that some of our zinesters are on low incomes, some are crafters and artists who freelance, and many have already been self-isolating because they are more susceptible to coronavirus. We will be featuring our tablers’ work in the coming weeks and months – please support them if you can by ordering their work or commissioning their creative services online.

Huge thanks to the Festival of Debate and the Workstation – we hope to continue our great relationships with an outstanding festival and generous venue in future.

For now, there are a number of zine prompts put out by our friends and sibling zine fests, and some great downloads below.

Zine Downloads for Dark Times from our good friend Nina at Echo Zines in Belgium:

In these uncertain times when a lot of us are staying at home* to protect ourselves and others from the coronavirus, it’s so important to have some distraction and fun things to occupy the mind. Not all of us can cope well with being locked indoors for several weeks. One type of distraction can be reading zines, so here is a list of zines I’ve made or contributed to which are available to download for free in pdf format. You can read them on your screen or print them at home if you have a printer. Enjoy!


Quaranzine Fest 2020 ~ a viral safe-space! | APRIL 4th & 5th 2020 | #quaranzinefest – Quaranzine Fest is simple. Post your work on the platform of your choice April 4th and 5th with the hashtag #quaranzinefest – no submission process, no selection process, no fees, no leaders, no volunteers, no building, no table, no limit on vendors, no fire code restrictions, no peanut butter fingers touching your zines.


Sheffield Zine Fest co-host Chella has done some downloadable mini-zines, including a kid-friendly Passover Haggadah, and shares some other gems like printable watch-along bingo cards and a video dance-break archive.


US Radio station NPR has produced an excellent mini-zine about COVID-19 for kids by the brilliant Malaka Gharib on their Goats and Soda programme.


Sherwood Forest zine library in Austin, Texas is asking for scanned PDFs to build up a virtual zine library. You can find out how here –

 (please only scan your own zines – some zinesters do not consent to their work being shared in other formats)


And finally… Swansea Zine Fest are now hosting a virtual event on Saturday 10 May – check out their page for details

 – show them some love – we can’t wait to attend, ourselves!


Thanks again for all of your support –

Lots of love from

Chella and Bettie

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